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Protesters in Jakarta say Freeport has brought no benefits to the Papuan people
CNN Indonesia – April 7, 2017
The Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) held a joint action [with the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua] in front of the offices of PT Freeport Indonesia in Jakarta on Friday April 7 demanding that Freeport halt its mining activities in Papua because it harms the Papuan people.

Protest calling for Freeport closure in Yogya broken up by police
Tribune Jogja – April 7, 2017
A rally by students demanding the closure of the Freeport Indonesia gold mine in West Papua and self-determination for the West Papuan nation at the University of Gajah Mada (UGM) traffic circle in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta was broken up by police on Friday April 7.

Students in Malang call for closure, expulsion of Freeport from Papua
Surya Malang – April 7, 2017
The Malang and Surabaya city Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) held a rally in front of the Malang city hall in the East Java city on Friday April 7.

Papuan students in Makassar call on government to close Freeport
Makassar Today – April 7, 2017
Scores of student from the Student Solidarity Concern Forum for the Papuan People (FSMPRP) held a rally this morning under the Jl. Urip Sumoharjo flyover in the South Sulawesi city of Makassar on Friday April 7.

Narcotics agency chief says calls to legalisation marijuana a 'betrayal of the country'
Kumparan – April 6, 2017
National Narcotics Agency (BNN) chief Commissioner General Budi Waseso or Buwas is furious with movements that want marijuana legalised saying that such a call is the same as betraying the nation.

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Indonesia military denies Ahok protests part of army-backed plot to oust Jokowi
Asian Correspondent – April 22, 2017
From the ashes of the recent Jakarta poll has arisen a story of an insidious behind-the-scenes campaign to overthrow Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, but the country's military, whose members have been linked to the plot, has quickly moved to stop its spread.

It wasn't just religious hatred that cost Ahok the Jakarta vote
Asian Correspondent – April 22, 2017
"Destiny is in God's hands," said Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama on Wednesday night as he conceded the Jakarta gubernatorial election. "God gives power and God also takes it away."

Jakarta polls a proxy for 2019 Jokowi v Prabowo race
Straits Times – April 22, 2017
The dust has yet to settle on Wednesday's election in Jakarta, but the political narrative has already gone national, shifting to Indonesia's presidential race even though it is not due until 2019.

Police shooting victims treated at Mimika Hospital
Jakarta Post – April 22, 2017
Two employees of US-based gold and copper mining company PT Freeport Indonesia, who were victims of a rubber bullet shooting allegedly committed by Timika police personnel on Thursday, are receiving intensive medical treatment at Mimika Regional General Hospital (RSUD) in Timika, Papua.

House inquiry would obstruct e-ID probe: KPK
Jakarta Post – April 22, 2017
The political ramifications of the multi-trillion-rupiah e-ID corruption scandal have begun to unfold. The House plans to exercise its legislative right of inquiry in a bid to force the KPK to release interview records where the alleged roles of a number of lawmakers in the case are said to be mentioned.

Freeport collects export permit after Pence visit
Reuters – April 21, 2017
Freeport McMoRan Inc collected a permit to resume copper exports from Indonesia on Friday after a hiatus of more than three months, hours after a state visit by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who discussed the copper miner's dispute with Jakarta.

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'Drastic situation' for minorities in Myanmar – March 20, 2017
The fall of Park Geun-hye – Kim Bullimore. March 16, 2017
Socialist leader assassinated in the Philippines – March 10, 2017
Trump's China aggression drawing Australia closer to war – By Tom Bramble. February 5, 2017
Refugees on Manus Island and Nauru should be brought to Australia – By Con Karavias. February 5, 2017
Mass arrests in Indonesia during West Papua protests – By Arnold Belau. December 2, 2016
Big anti-government protests continue in South Korea – By Kim Bullimore. November 22, 2016
Malaysian students threatened by Monash University – By Tess Dimos. November 21, 2016

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Indonesia: Release gay men at risk of torture
Human Rights Watch Statement – April 9, 2017
Indonesian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release two men detained in Aceh province under a local ordinance that criminalizes homosexuality, Human Rights Watch said today.

RSF asks Indonesia's president to let journalists work in West Papua
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) News Release – March 31, 2017
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Indonesian President Joko Widodo to keep his election promise to allow local and international journalists to operate in West Papua, the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea, without obstruction or surveillance.

France: Press Indonesia on key rights concerns
Human Rights Watch News Release – March 26, 2017
French President Francois Hollande should publicly urge the Indonesian government to address the country's persistent human rights problems during his upcoming visit to Jakarta, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president.

Public Statement: Celebrating International Women's Day – Be Bold For Change
Timor-Leste Women's Communication Forum (FOKUPERS) – March 8, 2017
Today, on 8 March 2017, we come together as a collective of Timorese organisations to put forward our call for positive change; to bring about equality, justice and freedom for all women.

Indonesia: Blasphemy sentences are an injustice that must be reversed
Amnesty International News Release – March 7, 2017
The Indonesian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release three people convicted under the country's blasphemy laws for peacefully practicing their beliefs, Amnesty International said today.

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Indonesia: Trump's Indonesian allies in bed with ISIS-backed militia seeking to oust elected president
The Intercept – April 19, 2017
Associates of Donald Trump in Indonesia have joined army officers and a vigilante street movement linked to ISIS in a campaign that ultimately aims to oust the country's president.

Indonesia: A former first lady presses on for a tolerant, feminist Islam – New York Times. April 7, 2017
The transgender Muslim women gazed around the reception room with wonder. It was loaded with lavish tributes from foreign rulers: gold filigreed swords from Kuwait, elaborately painted Chinese urns and elegantly framed Quranic verses.

East Timor: Southeast Asia's newest nation faces an election that could make or break its future – Southeast Asia Globe – January 16, 2017
With much of the population living in poverty and oil wealth running dry, Timor-Leste's upcoming elections could be the public's most important decision since independence.

Indonesia: Bigger than Ahok: explaining the 2 December mass rally – Indonesia at Melbourne – December 7, 2016
On 2 December, a vast number of Muslims crowded into Jakarta's central park, Medan Merdeka, and surrounding suburbs for what organisers called "Defending Islam Action III" (Aksi Bela Islam III).

Indonesia: Old politics rises to challenge new politics in Jakarta – ISEAS Perspectives – November 22, 2016
A comment by Jakarta Governor Basuki Cahaya Purnama on the use of a verse from the Quran in campaigning against him has been seized upon by sections of political Islam to escalate their attacks against him.

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Faith, politics, business: Why US Vice-President Mike Pence visited Indonesia
Sydney Morning Herald – April 21, 2017
A day after Jakarta's Christian governor was ousted in an election riven with religious tension, US Vice-President Mike Pence pronounced that "Indonesia's tradition of moderate Islam frankly is an inspiration to the world".

Trial is politically motivated, Ahok should be acquitted: Setara Institute
Jakarta Globe – April 21, 2017
Jakarta-based human rights group Setara Institute has called on the judges to acquit Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, arguing that the charge against him is politically motivated, the group said in a statement.

Jakarta election result spells trouble for Jokowi and Indonesia
Lowry Institute – April 21, 2017
The heavy loss of incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama to former education minister Anies Baswedan signals rising intolerance and demonstrates the influence of hard-line Muslim groups in Indonesia, spelling trouble for President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo and moderate Indonesians of all persuasions.

Anies Baswedan poised to be next Indonesian governor of Jakarta after bitter contest
Sydney Morning Herald – April 20, 2017
Anies Baswedan is poised to become the next governor of Jakarta in October after one of the most bitter and polarising elections in the history of Indonesia's nascent democracy.

Anies rides Islamist wave
Jakarta Post – April 20, 2017
Riding a wave of growing religious conservatism, former culture and education minister Anies Baswedan won the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Wednesday, beating incumbent Basuki Thahaja "Ahok" Purnama, a political candidate dogged by allegations of blasphemy while seeking reelection.

Anies celebrates victory with conservatives at Istiqlal Mosque
Jakarta Post – April 20, 2017
Anies Baswedan attended a gathering with conservative Muslim groups at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta on Wednesday evening to celebrate his victory in the gubernatorial election.

Jakarta's outgoing Governor Ahok may escape jail for 'blasphemy'
Sydney Morning Herald – April 20, 2017
Jakarta's embattled Christian and ethnically Chinese governor could escape being jailed for blasphemy after prosecutors only requested he serve two years' probation for allegedly insulting Islam.

Will Jakarta's new governor stand firm against hardline religious groups?
The Conversation – April 20, 2017
Voters in Indonesia's capital have chosen a former cabinet minister who sought the support of hardline Muslims opposing his contender – who is embroiled in a blasphemy case – as their new governor.

Ahok's defeat bodes ill for the future
Indonesia at Melbourne – April 20, 2017
The decisive defeat of Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama in Jakarta's litmus-test gubernatorial election is a triumph for hard-line Islamist agitators. It comes after years of pressure from the Muslim right and may flag a shift in Indonesian politics that will not help Indonesia's fraying reputation for religious pluralism and tolerance.

Malaysian PM Najib Razak accuses media of 'fake news', doubts corruption reports
Sydney Morning Herald – April 20, 2017
For two years Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has shrugged off revelations by foreign journalists that almost $1 billion turned up in his personal bank accounts amid one of the world's biggest ever financial scandals.

Jakarta – Inequality and the poverty of elite pluralism
New Mandala – April 19, 2017
Ian Wilson – Judging from national and international headlines, Jakarta's gubernatorial election on 19 April represents not just a major turning point for the nation's capital and city of 12 million, but potentially for the entire country.

Jakarta governor election: 'Quick count' shows Ahok losing office to Anies Basweden
ABC Radio Australia – April 19, 2017
Muslim candidate Anies Basweden has raced to an early lead in Jakarta's election – according to an unofficial "quick counts" – after millions of residents cast their ballots at more than 13,000 polling booths across the city to elect the capital's next governor.

Yogyakarta activists reject Central Java governor's visit
Jakarta Post – April 18, 2017
Around 25 activists from the rights movement, Jogja Solidarity Against Cement Factory, staged a rally on Tuesday to protest the visit of Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo to the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) campus in Yogyakarta.

Military program set to replace student orientation on campuses
Jakarta Globe – April 18, 2017
The government plans to replace student orientation at universities with a military-run program, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Monday (17/04).

Religion politicised as tense Jakarta election goes down to the wire
Sydney Morning Herald – April 18, 2017
Vote for the Muslim candidate in the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Wednesday, according to the meme shared endlessly on Facebook, and you are guaranteed entry to heaven.

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